City Administrator

Organization: City of Great Bend, Kansas
Close Date: April 8, 2018

Job Description:

Great Bend is a vibrant community of more than 16,000 people located in the heart of America near the geographical center of Kansas. Great Bend is known for its quiet and scenic neighborhoods, low crime rate, low cost of living, and job opportunities in most industries.

The City of Great Bend utilizes a Mayor-Council-City Administrator form of government and has been recognized by ICMA in the General Management category since 1978. Two City Council Members are elected from each of four wards to serve staggered two-year terms. The Mayor is elected at-large to a two-year term. There are no term limits for these positions.

The City Administrator is appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council. Department Directors except for the Human Resources and Community Coordinator/CVB Directors are also appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council. The City Administrator makes recommendations to the Mayor regarding Department Director hires.

The City Administrator oversees all City operations and is responsible for supervising Department Directors and recommending the annual budget to the Mayor and Council. The City Administrator and Department Directors can only be terminated for cause by a vote of the City Council which has never occurred. The last City Administrator retired after 37 years in the position.

The City is a full-service-plus organization which provides an airport, two cemeteries, waterpark, convention and visitors bureau (CVB), events center, rodeo arena, zoo, and water, water pollution control, and storm water utilities in addition to other traditional municipal services. The City which operates on a calendar fiscal year has an annual budget of $25.9 million and 145 FTE’s. The City has no employee unions and does not conduct collective bargaining.

The minimum job requirements are: 1) Master's degree in Public or Business Administration, or related field; and 2) seven years of local government management experience; or any combination of education, training, and experience which would qualify for the position as determined by the City. A recruitment profile brochure is available at and at

In order to be considered for this position, please send your resume and cover letter with current salary to by . For additional information about this job, please contact:

Paul Wenbert, ICMA-CM
Western Regional Manager
Slavin Management Consultants
Mesa, Arizona
Robert E. Slavin
Slavin Management Consultants
Norcross, Georgia


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